Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Kids Run Free Launches in Northampton

On Saturday 5th April, over 30 children and their parents enjoyed the benefits of a Kids Run Free event for the first time at Northampton’s Racecourse Park. Just like a typical Kids Run Free event, there were a variety of races available to kids of 0-16. Races started at 09:00am and kids, Mums and Dads (let’s not forget our devoted volunteers as well) got fully involved in the fantastic atmosphere of the event.

To mark the significant new presence of Kids Run Free in Northampton, the Mayor Les Mariott and his wife Lisa came out to inspire everyone with his support. Here he is with Kids Run Free’s office manager Carmen Old.

Just as inspiring to our young Racecourse runners was Joey the Kangaroo. Here is Joey inspiring kids to go forth and – er – run. Really fast!

And here he is, supervising their warm up.

Finally, here are the Lord Mayor, Joey, and Northampton Councillor Brandon Eldred standing together on The Racecourse.

This event is just the start of a new Northampton initiative which, in step with Kids Run Free’s mission statement, will allow more children in Northampton to realise their potential through running. Kids Run Free is grateful to the Co-operative Community for funding and to Northamptonshire Sport for sponsorship.

Yours Dashingly, Dash

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Kids Run For Their Mums in Alcester

On Saturday 29th March, Kids Run Free came to Martine’s home town, Alcester with the event Run For Your Mum. Just like all of our events, Run For Your Mum was accessible to children of 0-16 years of age and there were races up to and including a 2km course! In addition, there were extra activities on offer such as face painting.

Oooh scary!!

Run For Your Mum was really popular, with more than 120 children participating in races and activities. Here they are at the start line.

The presence of Kids Run Free (and the kids running) was welcomed by the Mayor of Alcester. Here he is shaking hands with one of the boys.

Everyone got a medal and a daffodil to give to their mum. Thanks to Simply Fresh in Alcester for donating them.

Except this boy, who got two trophies because he won two races. Its not surprising he did so well, he is the son of Chris Spriggs, the race director of the new KRF Bidford initiative. Well done Master Spriggs!

Your Dashing Correspondent, Dash